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Titanic Facts: Were Shots Fired During the Sinking?

Were shots fired on the Titanic as she sank? In a word, yes. The question of whether shots were fired on the Titanicis a relatively big deal because, except for military honors and burials at sea, guns [more…]

What the Wreck Revealed about the History of the Titanic

Before researchers found the wreck, the world knew far less about the Titanic and her sinking than it does now. Examining the wreck of the Titanic help solve mysteries and answer questions. [more…]

Where to See Artifacts from the Titanic

Artifacts from the Titanic are fascinating relics. If you want to see some of the items that have been recovered from the Titanic's wreckage in person, you have many options, between the exhibitions and [more…]

The Titanic in Hollywood Movies

Many Hollywood movies have been made about the Titanicdisaster. The first Titanic movie, a 10-minute short, debuted in 1912, only two months after the Titanic sank. James Cameron’s epic [more…]

Using the History of the Titanic to Debunk Myths

No sooner had the Titanic sunk than myths began to spring up around her. Known history can debunk some of these Titanic myths, whether they’re about why she sank or some of her more peculiar passengers [more…]

Historical Documentaries about the Titanic

Many of these historical documentaries about the Titanicare available from public libraries. YouTube also has an extensive selection of Titanic documentaries [more…]

Suites and Cabins for Passengers on the Titanic

Passengers on the Titanic paid significantly different prices for different accommodations. The suites and cabins on the Titanic cost the passengers no small sum for the time. At approximately [more…]

Passengers’ Recreation Areas on the Titanic

It must have been a real pleasure for Titanic passengers to wander around the recreation areas on the ship. The Titanic’s recreation areas included the Boat deck, Turkish baths, smoking rooms, and other [more…]

A Rough Timeline of the Universe

Probing back to the origin of the universe involves a lot of estimation and guesswork. Imagine that the word ‘roughly’ is written before each date! [more…]

The Origins of the Universe Glossary

Understanding the technical jargon that makes up the science behind understanding the origins of the universe is made a little simpler with this helpful glossary. [more…]

The Origins of the Universe For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

One of the most fundamental questions of all time is: where do I come from? Delving into the science of the origins of the universe, this Cheat Sheet gives you a rough timeline of the Big Bang and a glossary [more…]

The Story of the Titanic Told in Pictures

From the very beginning, even before she was launched, the Titanic was an object of fascination. At the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast where she was built, workers marveled at the size of the ship [more…]

A World War II Timeline

For a brief rundown of World War II, check out the following chart, which highlights critical political events, leaders, and military action in the years preceding, during, and following the war: [more…]

World War II For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A number of people and events influenced the course and outcome of World War II. This helpful timeline of World War II (WWII) maps out those key figures and actions in the years surrounding the war. [more…]

Key Dates in Indigenous Australian History

Indigenous peoples have lived in Australia for an estimated 60,000 years — but it’s impossible to cover all of that history in such short space! Instead, the following timeline starts from European colonisation [more…]

Learning about Indigenous Cultures in Australia

Indigenous cultures around Australia vary in their traditions, values and histories; each group of traditional owners have their own histories and stories to share. To find out more about the traditional [more…]

Indigenous Australia For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Australia’s Indigenous peoples have been in this land for over 60,000 years, making their cultures the oldest living race on Earth. To better understand the recent history of Indigenous communities in [more…]

Is Douglas Woolley the Real Owner of the Titanic?

Douglas Woolley says he owns the Titanic, and he’s not kidding. His claim to the wreckage is based on a late-1960s ruling by a British court and the British Board of Trade that awarded him ownership of [more…]

Queen Elizabeth and Her Constitutional Monarchy

As she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, you may ask what role does Queen Elizabeth play in British politics. Here’s a brief history lesson.

For much of Britain’s history, the monarch — not parliament [more…]

Diamond Jubilee Schedule of Events

The Central Weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 takes place over the four-day bank holiday weekend from Saturday 2nd June to Tuesday 5th June.

The U.K., the Commonwealth and much of the world celebrate [more…]

Diamond Jubilee Pub Quiz

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, test your knowledge of the Queen and the royals by taking part in a great British institution.

Each week, the UK is home to 22,445 pub quizzes! That’s [more…]

Ten Great British Places to Visit

If the Diamond Jubilee 2012 in celebration of Queen Elizabeth or the London Olympics inspires you to visit the UK, here are some suggestions for your trip. [more…]

Queen Elizabeth’s First Jubilee

This 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrates the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth. But the Queen also celebrated a Silver Jubilee (25 years) and a Golden Jubilee [more…]

Buying a Piece of the Jubilee

Jubilee celebrations aren’t such an old, established tradition. And a Diamond Jubilee like the 2012 party for Queen Elizabeth — and all of the merchandise available for purchase — is very rare. [more…]

How Washington, D.C., became the Capital of the United States

Some capitals emerge from the eternal depths of history. Legend has it that Washington, D.C., was the result of a backroom political compromise. President Washington, newly sworn into office at New York’s [more…]

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